Ridley Scott recently turned 80, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He released two movies in 2017 (Alien: Covenant and All The Money In The World), and now he’s lining up his next flick.
Variety reports that the current most likely contender is Disney’s The Merlin Saga, which Scott is in talks to direct. Although he hasn’t signed on the dotted line, sources suggest is will likely be his next movie.
The film will be based on T.A. Barron’s books, which follow ‘the origin story of a young Merlin who would go on to become the mentor of the classic literary character King Arthur.’
While several King Arthur movies have been in development all over Hollywood, and Guy Ritchie’s recent Arthurian film starring Charlie Hunnam failed, Disney still thinks it’s worth betting on. As well as The Merlin Saga, they’re also working on a live-action version of Sword In The Stone. Scott has apparently met the producers of that movie, which suggests they’re hoping the two can live alongside one another, perhaps building the sort of Arthurian franchise Ritchie was hoping for (but more magical).
Philippa Boyens, best known for co-writing many of Peter Jackson’s movies, including Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, is set to pen the screenplay. It’s not known when we might see the movie.